Crochet VS Knitting… The Battle of the Stitches

You’re probably wondering why there’s even a comparison between Crocheting and Knitting….

Have you ever seen someone with a ball of yarn/wool and a hook and you go ‘you knit? ‘ then the person goes ‘No, I crochet ‘ then you go ‘uhmmmm…right! ‘ with confusion written all over your face?

It’s my utmost pleasure to end that struggle today.

Crochet is a process of creating fabric by interlocking loops of yarn, thread, or strands of other materials using a crochet hook. We’ve had many theories regarding the origin of crochet but one thing is certain; the word ‘crochet’ comes from the word croc, or croche, the Middle French word for hook.

Knitting is the process of manipulating yarn with multiple loops called stitches to create a textile or a fabric. The word is derived from ‘knot’, thought to originate from the Dutch verb knutten which is similar to the Old English cnyttan “to knot”. Most histories of knitting place its origin somewhere in the Middle East. From there, it spread to Europe by Mediterranean trade routes and later to the Americas with European colonization.

The major differences in both crafts are shown in the table below:

Done by handDone by hand, with a machine, with a loom
1 crochet hook required at a time2 pointed knitting needles needed (for hand knitting)
Crochet projects due to technique are usually sturdyKnitted projects are usually lightweight
The process of crocheting
The process of knitting

However, both crafts;

  • Require yarn/wool to make projects
  • Usually have similar finished works like sweaters, scarves, blankets, socks, coasters…

  • Make use of unique patterns and similar terminologies and abbreviations (afghan, blocking, ball, tapestry needle, WIP-work in progress, wrong side, right side )
  • Require a certain level of patience to achieve a complete project
  • I’d conclude by saying that the results achieved from a ball of yarn and a crochet hook or knitting needles/ machine/loom are usually under-estimated. I’d recommend that you take out time to fill your eyes with unimaginably beautiful creations of knitting and crochet in the nearest future. I won’t be wrong to say it’s somewhat therapeutic!

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